Just past another LA City
Fire Station is DAS which receivesJapanese import vehicles. The
transport ships look strange compared to regular bulk or container
ships. They can handle as many as 3500 to 4000 vehicles.
return to Asia with maybe 300 exotic American cars, recreational
vehicles and heavy construction vehicles like Caterpillar. We
for a few moments to watch for any vehicles driven off the ramp
This ship was offloading most
vehicles from the starboard
(right) side of the ship. Some passenger vehicles are then driven
ramp and onto autorack railcars. Others are trucked to
Continuing east towards the Badger
Bridge, there are some small boat
marinas. Captain Wilson informed us that the Badger Bridge was
for rail traffic. This brought back a memory from 2002 when I was
bringing my sailboat back from this location to Long Beach and had to
wait 45 minutes for a PHL train to clear the bridge.
PHL train this day was very short and the bridge was raised for our
tour boat. The locomotive is a PHL engine that is leased.
Badger Bridge is the Heim Bridge which handles vehicular traffic on the
47 Terminal Island Freeway. It too is a lift bridge operated by
CalTrans, the California Department of Transportaiotn. It has
used many times for filming car commercials.
The PHL dispatch
is also located at Badger Bridge. This 2 track bridge replaced a
single track bridge in the late 1990's. On the Long Beach side
the ship channel and Ocean Boulevard is a yet to be built terminal
which had large piles of dirt stored for several years. This dirt
produced form digging the Alameda Corridor trench.
more shipping terninals on the Long Beach Harbor side, including
container, bulk petroleum and more automobiles. Downtown Long
is visible in the distance.
Bulk oil carriers are hemmed in by
booms to prevent pollution. Lexus vehicles are handled at this
The Gerald Desmond bridge connects
downtown Long Beach
Terminal Island. Built in 1968, it is nearing its useful
Its low soffit elevation prevents the newer ships from passing
The replacement bridge is estimated to cost around 900 million
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